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How to Professionally Apply to a Job by Email

Referencing a job posting is important when you’re writing your cover letter and resume and it is also important for following the instructions on how to apply to a position. Employers usually have various ways on how to send in your application whether it is in person, by fax or mail or even by email. Not following the instructions on how to apply could result in your application being ignored. It is also vital to make sure when you’re applying by a certain medium that you are doing so correctly. 158111648-keyboard-send-resume-1600x1200Here are just a few items to double check before you hit “send” when you’re applying to a job by email.

Hiring Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Earlier this month we took a look at clients looking for a job when they have high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Today we touch base on the employer side of things and explain benefits of hiring individuals with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, how to accommodate them and much more. Also, we provide some links at the end to assist you with getting more information if needed.

AAMwordcloud3As explained in the previous post, high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger’s syndrome are at the least severe end of the autism spectrum, and can be characterized by difficulties in communication and interaction with others. Please refer to our last post to learn more about high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Looking for a Job When You Have High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

What is High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome?

High-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger’s syndrome are at the least severe end of the autism spectrum, and can be characterized by difficulties in communication and interaction with others. People with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties with understanding abstract uses of language, like humor for example, obsessive interest in specific items or information, and a general lack of skill with interacting with other people. People who have HFA or Asperger’s syndrome usually have average or above-average intelligence, though they lack typical social skills.


Sometimes, individuals experiencing high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome may have difficulty finding employment, often because of barriers in the workforce. Having HFA or Asperger’s syndrome does not mean that you are incapable or unable to obtain and retain meaningful employment.

Hiring Individuals with an Anxiety Disorder

Last month we took a look at clients looking for a job when they have an anxiety disorder. This month we wanted to touch base on the employer side of things as it is just as important. You’ll learn the benefits of hiring individuals with an anxiety disorder, how to accommodate them, and we provide some links at the end to assist you with getting more information if needed.

As explained in the previous post, an anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses five specific anxiety disorders; social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias. Individuals with anxiety disorders are able to work as effectively as someone without a visual impairment. Please refer to our last post to learn more about anxiety disorders.

Looking for a Job When You Have an Anxiety Disorder

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses five specific anxiety disorders; social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias. It can be treated with medication, various types of therapy, or a combination of these; CBT is the most common form of therapy treatment for someone with an anxiety disorder.

Everyone’s anxiety disorder is different, and each person will experience anxiety in a different way; people can experience very debilitating to very mild anxiety in their daily life. Sometimes, individuals experiencing anxiety may have difficulty finding employment, often because of barriers in the workforce. Having an anxiety disorder does not mean that you are incapable or unable to obtain and retain meaningful employment, and someone with an anxiety disorder is no different than any other employee.

What You Should Do to Take Advantage of Networking Events

Did you know that most open job positions are not advertised? To find a job in the hidden job market one should know the skill of networking. Networking is one of the most successful ways to find a job and even though it can sound intimidating it is easier than you may think. Networking is the process of connecting with the people you know and asking them for advice, information and referrals to other people. You can network anywhere and any time—in person, on the phone or online.Networking-BlogOne of the most common ways to network is at events. Treat networking events as if you were going to a job interview. In addition to dressing to impress, be sure to prepare for them in advance so you can take full advantage of the opportunity. We have outlined some tips below that you can follow to get ready and take initiative during the event.

Volunteer Opportunties in Hamilton, Ontario

A new year is right around the corner and with a new year comes resolutions. If your New Year’s Resolution for 2015 is to volunteer more then we have you covered. Volunteering takes you right into the workplace, giving you a chance to build your experience and demonstrate your employability. Most employers want workers who have work experience in their field. Sometimes this may seem difficult for someone who is right out of school. However, volunteer work can prove to an employer that you have the experience that they want and need.

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In addition to gaining work experience for employers, volunteering gives yourself something as well.

Welcome to PATH Employment Services’ New Blog

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PATH Employment Services is an award winning non-profit organization located in Hamilton, Ontario that has over 40 years of experience helping individuals with all types of disabilities find jobs. Focusing on abilities, we originated as the first community agency in Canada solely dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in finding employment.

Offering many services to our members, we focus on the goal of getting meaningful and sustainable work for each individual that connects with us. If you are seeking employment, our Employment Coordinators are available to provide one-on-one employment assistance. A PATH Employment Coordinator works with our members to explore their work goals, identify possible barriers to employment, provide job search techniques and follow up after work has been found to ensure that the job is retained. We also host monthly employment workshops that are a great way to participate in-group sessions and enhance your skills and knowledge base. An Employment Coordinator can refer you to sessions that would benefit you the most.